Recommendation? Help me decide BK16 or BK18

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by DeadEyeIce, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. DeadEyeIce


    Sep 9, 2014
    Ok folks im back!

    Sorry for the hiatus but life kicked me in the guts a few times but ultimately I wonthe fight. Lost a job, got another one, lost it, did odd jobs for a bit, finally landed where I needed to be.

    Anyway I have wanted a tweener for a while, and now that the play $$ is starting become a thing again I'm trying to decide which is right for me. I had decided the BK16 was my choice, but as I went looking at them again I saw a new blade in the line up. The BK18!! I have to say the BK18 speaks to me, may e even calls to me, but I can't shake the love for the BK16.

    So which would you choose between the 2? Why? Eventually I may have to own both but for now it is a choice.

  2. sd550


    Oct 9, 2004
    The 16 rules as far as I'm concerned in the tweener lineup, it's perfect in so many ways. If it was made in SV35 it would be my absolute favorite blade, PERIOD !!!!! The 16 and the 9 will cover 99% of all fixed blade knife needs.
  3. FAL'ER

    FAL'ER Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    16 is more useful for the way I get down with a knife.
    18 is a sexy beast though.
    You may need both.
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  4. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Yeah, I think the 16 is the most practical. The 18 is sexier, but the 16 is a meditation in blade design.
  5. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    I would choose both. :)

    The 16 is a great all-around performer. I thinned one of mine even more, and made basically a zero edge out near the tip.

    It cuts great and does double duty as a kitchen camp knife very well.
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  6. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    I have to agree with everything said above, so my suggestion is buy the 18 now -- then save up and buy a 16 later.
    If you buy the 16 first, it'll also be last, and then you will always regret missing out on the 18s
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  7. Mass1632

    Mass1632 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2019
    I agree with what people have said about the 16 being the practical choice, and the 18 being the sexy choice. But personally i went with the 18. The 16 is a great design, so great in fact that there are similar enough knives to the 16 which i own that it pushed me to get something a little different.
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  8. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    If I were buying, my money would be spent on a BK16.
    IF I were to purchase an 18, I'd probably feel compelled to grind down the harpoon.
    (I modified the 16, too; for whatever that might be worth)
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  9. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    Go with what speaks to you the loudest :D Both are Great Knives and should serve you well :thumbsup::thumbsup: The 18 has a very pointed tip and if abused the wrong way will not be as forgiving as the 16. But if used right the point can prove to be very handy ;)
    And just good Lookin :p
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  10. Crag the Brewer

    Crag the Brewer

    Oct 18, 2018
    Being Devil's advocate.... I say pick the 62. I know you didn't offer that as a suggestion, but in My opinion the handle/scales on the 62 are WAY more comfortable than the tweeners....

    I was thinking my "Grail Knife" was going to be the 15.... I Finally recently got one, modified it Nicely (pictures soon) and realized.... It might not be for me. The knife is too small, and too big at the Same time. Doesn't feel useful. I don't like how it feels.

    The bk62 is a pleasure to use. The simplicity of the design is what's So Great about it.
    *Just something more to think about.
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  11. Mass1632

    Mass1632 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2019

    Now that is a sexy looking 16. With those looks which appears to be a satin finish, its tempting me to pick one up.
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  12. trailbum

    trailbum Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 18, 2010
    Buy one then save up and get the other one.
  13. tanglediver

    tanglediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    Are ye sure shipmate? Are ye? The 18 I say!! No self-respecting whaler would ship out without his harpoon. :)

    "In Amsterdam there lived a maid, and she was mistress of her trade. I'll go no more a rovin' with you fair maid!"
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  14. Hawk590

    Hawk590 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    I agree with Vik and the others that the 18 is a great knife and fairly comparable to the 16. But we don't know what Kabar will do in the future. They have discontinued other knives. but like Vik said, the 16 isn't going anywhere. Good luck on deciding....
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  15. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
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